Two girls from Centerville are helping Dayton’s children in need by donating thousands of socks to Montgomery County Children Services. Caitlyn Tobin, age 16, started Project TOES (Together Outfitting Everyone in Socks) when she was just eight years old and it has been going strong ever since.
The project has grown to include several collection points as well as Caitlyn’s younger sister, Cassidy, age 12. The girls collect 1,500 to 3,000 socks each year and drop them off at Children Services around Christmas time. This year’s drop happened on Thursday, Dec. 27, at Haines Children’s Center, 3304 N. Main Street.
The girls’ mother, Traci Tobin, helped them get collection barrels at Got Dance? in Kettering, My Favorite Muffin in Centerville and Buckeye Harley Davidson in Vandalia.
“This started after Hurricane Katrina when Kaitlyn asked me if there were people in Dayton who don’t have homes, clothes and food,” Traci Tobin said. “She said ‘What are we going to do about it?’ and so we had to come up with an idea to help. We picked socks as a need. Caitlyn thought if people have warm feet, their hearts will be warm.”
Along with Project Toes, For Love of Children and other community partners provide many items for area children entering foster care. New clothing, hats, gloves, stuffed animals and other donated items provide comfort for frightened children who don’t know what’s coming next.
You can learn more about Montgomery County Children Services by going to www.mcohio.org/childrenservices or by calling 224-KIDS (5437). To learn more about the Tobin girls’ efforts, go to http://www.projecttoes.weebly.com/.